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Hunting Geese- Worth the effort

If your hunting calendar is looking pretty empty through the colder months and you like getting wet, poor, and completely addicted, then goose hunting is for you suggests keen outdoorsman Nick Binks… I have hunted game from Alaska to Stewart Island and although I absolutely love to hunt bigger and...
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LOW & SLOW BBQ IS LIFE! Part 1

The history of barbecuing When early humans discovered fire, not only did it’s obvious warming properties make life in general infinitely more comfortable, but its utility with food became apparent – proteins (meat) gently heated over its embers until cooked and smoked, improved taste and allowed it to be preserved...
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From Namibia to Ngamatea

“Look at this!” said David Morris, offering his phone. The photo showed a handsome animal with long, curved horns. “Got it in Namibia,” he added. The Sable Antelope was one of several trophies he had brought back from Africa. “But I’ve always wanted to hunt Ngamatea Station and we’ve been...
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‘Mad’ Mike Owens

I first heard of ‘Mad’ Mike Owens as the go-to guy for scoping out tradies to profile in this magazine. However, he took me by surprise by nominating himself alongside a bunch of other prospects. I figured that if the bloke signs off his emails as ‘Mad Mike’ then he...
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Smoking Fish Part 2

When it comes to smoking meats, often the more time and effort you put in, the better the results will be. Matt “Smokey” Oak gives the low down on how he gets a premium smoke on his fish. Drying It is best to properly dry fish before smoking. This process...
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Hunting Taha

Now, I may be biased, but the greatest place I have ever been in NZ is the Macaulay river on a blue bird day. It was incredibly nippy, so cold my manhood disappeared into insignificance. Snow-drenched mountain peaks beautifully painted by the Big Guy in the sky for our optic...
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Skiing or Snowboarding?

There was a time when this question would have evoked enough passion for fists to fly and people to be banned, but the fiery feud between skiers and snowboarders has somewhat ‘cooled’. Today, skiers and snowboarders share the slopes (to an extent), and so those heading up the mountain for...
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TRAILER BOAT DIY

Being a natural tinkerer and all-around handyman, and having owned trailerboats for decades, Eric Hannah is a good man to listen to when it comes to trailerboat DIY. I purchased my current boat Bob a few years ago. The trailer was a mess – having been used for beach launching...
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Picking a 4×4 Vehicle

You might think choosing a rugged new vehicle that’d suit work or towing your boat would be easy. After all, as long as the tow rating suits the job at hand, you simply go for the SUV or ute which hits the right price point, surely? But it’s not so...
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Tradie Profile: Tom Bilkey

Tom Bilkey certainly isn’t your average bloke. He’s a work hard, play hard civil engineer who loves beer almost as much as he loves the outdoors. I caught up with Tom at one of his sites on a crisp Autumn morning. Tom’s company Development Construction Ltd, which he owns and...
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